Automation Engineer III

The Automation Engineer III will assist with the development and implementation of World Class Manufacturing (WCM) projects, production, processing methods and controls in a manner consistent with CertainTeed Gypsum Vision, Mission, Values and Objectives (VMVO). Through the application of engineering fundamentals and advanced process control tools, this position will ensure that processes are centered, capable and in control; reduce process variations; and resolve special causes variation. The Automation Engineer III will also support the plant and company strategic initiatives including capital projects that involve electrical process control systems and provide leadership in the implementation and support of plant automation, electrical and database systems.
+ Responsible for planning, evaluating, organizing and implementing automation related projects and initiatives.
+ Plans overall operation of the automation and electrical areas and ensures achievement of goals and objectives.
+ Responsibilities include designing or developing new process control systems and revising / maintaining of existing processes; developing and implementing WCM projects; managing and guiding contractors, consultants and suppliers; identifying new opportunities and solutions with cost / benefit analysis and making recommendations to improve efficiencies.
+ Responsible for managing equipment and labor costs within the department?s budget.
+ Planning and scheduling of projects and preparing capital expenditures.
+ Interacts with managers and supervisors at plant and corporate personnel to secure appropriate resources to plan and implement controls projects.
+ Interacts with consultants and suppliers to determine the compatibility of other systems and products as they may apply to WCM and Controls.
+ Develops and maintains relationships with key suppliers for certain instrumentation, automation and electrical process control systems.
+ Collaborates with the Production and Engineering Managers to coordinate changes in the production process and resolve equipment malfunctions.
+ Manages automation team?s work flow and automation related projects and provides weekly status report to plant management.
+ Leads and participates in Focus Improvement teams to resolve critical process and production problems with customers and vendors.
+ Develops and maintains PLC/HMI systems from the plant floor to management and financial levels.
+ Provides technical expertise, support and enhancement of automation related systems (PLC / HMI / VFD / Instrumentation / Data and Voice Networks / plant electrical distribution systems) and implements required updates to avoid technical obsolescence.
+ Ensures CertainTeed Gypsum?s standards of safety, quality and reliability are built into power distribution and control systems.
+ Interfaces with corporate IT and local IT infrastructure direction.
+ Assists maintenance team with any difficult troubleshooting issues.
+ Uses advanced tools / techniques to reduce process variations and downtime.
+ Identifies and resolves special cause variation in the process.
+ Analyzes operating problems, develops solutions and leads the implementation of corrective actions.
+ Collects, interprets and extrapolates data from the production process to monitor current equipment performance against established baselines and applies appropriate corrective actions.
+ Develops and maintains standard operating procedures and work instructions.
+ Maintains records of plant and individual equipment performance.
+ Ensures full documentation of all projects and systems to WCM / Early Equipment Management (EEM) standards.
+ Prepares and maintains data sheets, wiring and Process &Instrumentation Diagrams (P&ID) and flow charts required for the proper and efficient operation of plant equipment.
+ Provides training for operators and maintenance personnel.
+ Assures good housekeeping practices following 5S systems, enforces plant rules and safety regulations, and supports VMVO and WCM initiatives.
+ Continuously evaluates workplace for safety concerns and ensures behavioral safety initiatives are performed to goal levels.
+ Bachelor?s Degree in electrical engineering or similar discipline or equivalent experience.
+ Five to ten (5-10) years of applied professional experience in Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) / PLC.
+ Applied professional experience in electrical process control, instrumentation, automation, industrial protocols / networking (switching & routing) and databases.
+ Experienced with National Electrical Code (NEC) and Arc-Flash (NFPA-70) code requirements.
+ Understands Burner Flames Safety controls (NFPA-86) combustion controls
+ Expertise in integrated automation and information systems in a manufacturing environment.
+ Flexible, open-minded team player with excellent written and verbal communication skills.
+ Excellent interpersonal and problem solving capabilities to work effectively in corporate, manufacturing and team environments.
+ Ability to provide leadership and innovation at all levels of the organization.
+ Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.
Saint-Gobain provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Saint-Gobain is an equal opportunity employer of individuals with disabilities and supports the hiring of veterans.

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